There’s not much you can do to cool yourself quickly on a scorchingly hot day, except to hunker down in your home and turn the air conditioner up. As much as you’d like to do that, however, the prospect of getting a higher power bill prevents you from fully enjoying the cool air from the AC.
Luckily, there are a few ways to minimize your power costs while still maintaining a comfortable temperature in your home, including the following:
Change Your Roof’s Color to a Lighter One
Your roof is one of the possible reasons why it’s so hot inside your home. At first, the color of your roof may seem like just a matter of preference, but it can have implications for your power costs.
Dark-colored roofs absorb more solar heat, forcing your air conditioner to consume more power to cool your home. Light-colored roofs, on the other hand, reflect back sunlight and solar heat, keeping your roof at lower temperatures.
Light colors are especially recommended for roofs with low slopes like modified bitumen roofing. Due to their lack of elevation, flat roofs are more exposed to sunlight and absorb more heat.
Install Solar Panels
There’s another way to prevent your roof from absorbing heat: install solar panels on your rooftop. By doing so, you’ll be solving two problems with one solution. Solar panels block the heat that your roof may otherwise be absorbing while using it to generate electricity, lowering both your power and cooling costs. In fact, a recent study by researchers from the University of California at San Diego found that solar panels can reduce your roof’s temperature by three degrees.
To make sure you’ll enjoy all the benefits of a cool roof, make sure that only a certified contractor does home roofing install work.
AnyWeather Roofing, a GAF Master Elite® Contractor with an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, offers roof replacement services as well as residential roofing maintenance plans and replacement services. To get a free estimate, call us at any of these numbers: (859) 286-6400, (513) 906-6009, (937) 956-0200 and (850) 588-4756. Or, fill out this form.